The Queen’s Birthday Honours list further attests to our having a government that has a greater regard for sport than for science. Or does this reflect a societal indifference to science and scientists?
One measure of this is a press statement released by Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation.
She has congratulated Professor Charles Eason on his appointment to the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
There are no other scientists to congratulate.
Professor Eason is an accomplished scientist, currently the Chief Executive of the Cawthron Institute.
“In 2017 he was awarded the Thomson Medal by Royal Society Te Apārangi for outstanding leadership in his research career and for his achievements as head of the Cawthron Institute,” Megan Woods said.
“Professor Eason’s science speciality is toxicology, particularly in relation to drugs and natural compounds. He has recently been involved in the development of new drugs derived from marine algae with European pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading “If you aspire to a place on the Honours List, we suggest you eschew science and take up sport”